Showtime: Scottish season gets going Saturday, Sunday at Dunbar, Gourock

Published: May 8, 2013
(Page 1 of 1)

After a long, cold, lonely winter, the Scottish outdoor pipe band season gets started across all grades on May 11th and 12th at Dunbar and Gourock, respectively, with the perhaps biggest performance being that of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia on Sunday under new Pipe-Major Ryan Canning.

In Grade 1, Torphichen & Bathgate will do some travelling, attending both contests (photo of Torphichen P-M Stuart Shedden featured on homepage), while Dunbar will have the noticeable absence of the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band, which has made a regular visit to the event throughout its history. The band came to a crashing end in November of last year following the departure of Pipe-Major Neil Hall and an inability to coordinate a suitable replacement.

The two competitions have a scant entry by certified Grade 1 bands, with Vale of Atholl the only other band entered at Dunbar, but numerous Grade 2 bands are challenging up at Gourock. Across the Irish Sea at Lisburn, St. Laurence O’Toole is the only top-grade band entered to compete.

Shotts & Dykehead, which earlier this year announced the conclusion of  its House of Edgar sponsorship, has reportedly overhauled much of its pipe- and drum-sections, but has kept most details under wraps.

Non-RSPBA Championship events in the UK have often struggled to attract a significant number of Grade 1 bands in the last 15 years especially.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from these events as they become available.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

NEW APP AVAILABLE
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
May 4, 1987Tribute to Alex Duthart, Motherwell Civic Centre.
MOST RECENT POST
  • Pipecycle
    Sun, 24 Apr 2016
    Some know that I like cycling and bikes. I don’t compete or anything, and am mainly a commuter cyclist, and I’ve ridden to work at least a few times a week year-round for about a dozen years now. Depending on … Continue reading → …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS May 7, 2016KNOCKOUT FINAL – SCOTTISH PIPERS’ ASSOCIATIONGlasgow Scotland - College of Piping Otago St.

May 7, 2016Scotia-Glenville OutdoorCeltic Hall 430 New Karner Road Colonie NY

May 8, 2016Gourock Highland GamesGourock Park

May 14, 2016Bangor Highland GamesBangor, NI

May 14, 2016Dunbar Highland GamesDunbar

TIP OF THE DAY
Use earplugs. Good music shops will sell ones that block out mainly lower frequencies, protecting your hearing but still allowing you to tune your drones. Ask for them in the percussion section.
Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh